Punk Record Labels And The Struggle For Autonomy

Punk Record Labels And The Struggle For Autonomy

by Alan O'Connor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739126601

ISBN-13: 9780739126608

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

This book describes the emergence of DIY punk record labels in the early 1980s. Based on interviews with sixty-one labels, including four in Spain and four in Canada, it describes the social background of those who run these labels. Using the ideas of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, this book shows how the field of record labels operates. The choice of

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This book describes the emergence of DIY punk record labels in the early 1980s. Based on interviews with sixty-one labels, including four in Spain and four in Canada, it describes the social background of those who run these labels. Using the ideas of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, this book shows how the field of record labels operates. The choice of independent or corporate distribution is a major dilemma. Other tensions are about signing bands to contracts, expectations of extensive touring, and use of professional promotion. There are often rivalries between big and small labels over bands that have become popular and have to decide whether to move to a more commercial record label.

Unlike approaches to punk that consider it a subcultural style, this book breaks new ground by describing punk as a social activity. One of the surprising findings is how many parents actually support their children's participation in the scene. Rather than attempting to define punk as resistance or commercial culture, this book shows the dilemmas that actual punks struggle with as they attempt to live up to what the scene means for them.

About the Author:
Alan O'Connor is associate professor in the cultural studies program at Trent University in Canada

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739126608
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Series:
Critical Media Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Struggle for Autonomy 1

Ch. 2 Commercial and DIY Labels 15

Ch. 3 The Problem of Distribution 35

Ch. 4 Punk Record Labels and Social Class 47

Ch. 5 The Dynamics of the Field 67

Conclusion: What About the Music? 85

App. A Interview with Lengua Armada 93

App. B Record Labels Interviewed and Statistical Data 119

Bibliography 131

Index 137

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